• Energy, NSRF Business 06.03.2014

    An oil well operates in a residential area in Frederick in 2013.

    An oil well operates in a residential area in Frederick in 2013. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file)

    Brighton is suspending applications for oil and gas drilling in the city, effective immediately.

    The city council approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday night saying that no applications for drilling will be accepted, processed or approved until July 15, according to a news release from Brighton officials.

    City staff recommended the council pass the measure to allow time for the creation of a revised regulations policy that address “issues of local concern that are unique to Brighton and to take into consideration state regulations that have been adopted over the last year, as well as additional regulations currently being considered by the state.”

    The staff will entertain input and feedback from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and other organizations, concerning the new policy regulations, according to the news release.

    “This temporary suspension is not a ban on oil and gas drilling,” Mayor Dick McLean said in the release.

    “For our community, this temporary time out is about creating certainty for businesses working toward building our energy future and ensuring that Brighton will always be a great place to live, work, play and learn.”

    The emergency ordinance may be rescinded by council before July 15 if new regulations are adopted.

    Ryan Parker: 303-954-2409, rparker@denverpost.com or twitter.com/ryanparkerdp

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